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Trekking, Kayaks, Scotch and Wine: Doing Chile Right with John and Nicole

Trekking, Kayaks, Scotch and Wine: Doing Chile Right with John and Nicole

John and Nicole just got back from celebrating their birthdays on an incredible 12-day, custom, multisport adventure in Chile.  From trekking in Torres del Paine, to a three-day kayaking trip down the Serrano River, to drinking scotch with ice fresh from a glacier, to wine tasting and horseback riding at the elegantly rustic and luxurious Matetic Vineyards, they truly embodied our Wild Style and then some!

Kayaking the Serrano

"This "trip of a lifetime" was all that, and more! 

Pretty much enjoyed every bit of the trip: lodging meals, transfers and guide staff were all great. On day 2 of our kayak trip we were blown away by the grandeur and magnificent scale of the place...truly jaw-dropping. Will Copestake, our kayaking guide, was a joy to get to know and we became fast friends. Weʼve always found the people in Latin America to be very warm, welcoming and FUN. The Chileans were no exception! Chamilla, a guide at Patagonia Camp, had the most infectious energy and clearly loved her work. She was a true joy to spend time with. Everyone we met made us feel welcome and clearly loved sharing their country with us. As a culinary experience, this trip delivered! The food and intimate dining experience at Matetic was the best of the entire trip. The whole trip was a decadent adventure! A trip of a lifetime we had hoped it would be.

Trekking in Torres del Paine

Also, the ferry ride from the hosteria to Puerto Natales was fabulous! Complimentary scotch using iceberg ice cubes from the Serrano Glacier was a delight and the stop for the bountiful traditional Chilean lamb barbecue at the farm was brilliant!

Guanaco Trekking Buddy

It's the whole "surprise and delight" nature of the itinerary. We just keep remembering more great things about our trip! Thank you!

Wine tasting at Matetic Vineyards

On Accommodations:

First-class all the way. We loved it. The hotel in Santiago, Castillo Rojo, was splendid and convenient to good restaurants and shops. Matetic Vineyard's boutique hotel, La Casona, was impressive, food amazing, bed unbelievable, wines to-die-for, staff incredibly helpful and the horseback riding was a highlight of the trip, for sure! Patagonia Camp we would recommend to anyone. It was superb from the yurts to the dining to the open bar to the guided excursions.

On Planning:

The entire planning process, finding out what we wanted to do, providing options, and making the arrangements was seamless and fun."

For a trip like this, check out our Exploring Wild Chile: Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia

Your friendly Patagonia Program Director,

 Gretchen Traut

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